Jonathan King

Jonathan King

President of Narrative Film & Television
Jonathan King oversees all aspects of the company’s scripted film and television projects. Participant’s recent slate includes Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award®winner Roma; Peter Farrelly’s Oscar® Best Picture winner Green BookOn the Basis of Sex, directed by Mimi Leder and starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer; Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; and Rupert Wyatt’s sci-fi thriller Captive State.  Participant’s first limited drama series, Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us, about the infamous Central Park Five case of 1989, will launch on Netflix on May 31, 2019.
Since 2007, King has built a robust slate including the 2016 Academy Award® Best Picture winner Spotlight, 2018 Academy Award® Best Foreign Language Film winner A Fantastic Woman, last year’s sleeper hit WonderLincoln, The Help, Contagion, A Most Violent Year, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. In 2012, he launched Participant’s effort into making films in Latin America, which has produced Pablo Larrain’s No and Neruda, A Fantastic Woman and Roma. Prior to joining Participant, King worked as both a producer and an executive for companies including Focus Features, Laurence Mark Productions, and Miramax Films. He started his film career in MGM’s New York office, scouting books, theater, and independent films.
King currently serves on the board of advisors for the Outfest Legacy Project, a partnership with the UCLA Film and Television Archive that restores and preserves important works of queer cinema.  He is a mentor for Film Independent’s Project: Involve, and also serves on the board of directors of the John Alexander Project, an independent nonprofit dedicated to nurturing and supporting innovative investigative journalism.
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Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media’s ( content combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 30 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake—all aimed at entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change. Participant’s content and social impact mandate speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is positioned uniquely within the industry to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues.

Participant’s more than 100 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 73 Academy Award® nominations and 18 wins, including Best Picture for Green Book and Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital entertainment division, SoulPancake (, is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting digital content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of nearly 9 million fans. Follow Participant Media on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow SoulPancake on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.


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